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Einsteins Grotto 2018

Einsteins' Grotto, the active methane seep first visited by the UW in 2010, continues to surprise us – this year, multiple bubble streams were issuing from the pit and exposed methane hydrate was documented in the sides of the wall. Credit: UW/NSF-OOI/WHOI, V18.

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Einsteins Grotto

Einstein's Grotto, located at the summit of Southern Hydrate Ridge, is a main target site for installation of cabled chemical and biological sensors in 2014. The area hosts extensive white bacterial mats and was a site of vigorous venting of large methane bubbles. This image was taken in 2011, showing water sampling bottles on the arm of the Canadian robotic vehicle ROPOS.

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